Toronto, April 14, 2022 – Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (TSX: JAG) today announced production results for the first quarter of 2022 (“Q1 2022”). Financial results for Q1 2022 will be reported and filed on SEDAR on or before May 10, 2022. All figures are in US Dollars, unless otherwise expressed.
Q1 2022 Operating Highlights
- Consolidated gold production decreased 8% with 16,663 ounces in Q1 2022 compared to 18,160 ounces in Q1 2021. Average head grade improved to 3.19 g/t in Q1 2022 compared to 3.10 g/t in Q1 2021.
- Pilar gold production decreased 6% with 9,082 ounces in Q1 2022 compared to 9,643 ounces in Q1 2021;
- Turmalina gold production decreased 11% with 7,581 ounces in Q1 2022, compared to 8,517 ounces in Q1 2021;
- Total development of 2,620 metres for the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 30% compared with the same period in 2021 with 2,016 metres.
- Total definition, infill and exploration drilling increased 65% to 25,771 metres in Q1 2022 compared to 15,598 metres in Q1 2021. The additional drilling is expected to allow Jaguar to continue expanding Mineral Resources in 2022;
- Treasury position as of March 31, 2022, with cash of $34.8 million compared to cash of $40.3 million on December 31, 2021. During the quarter, the Company paid a dividend of $2.8 million.
Q1 2022 Operating Results
Vern Baker, President and CEO of Jaguar Mining stated: “Our teams did a good job of development and exploration work after a very challenging beginning for the quarter due to intense flooding in the region resulting in the shut-down of both mines for 5 days and having an impact on the infrastructure in the region that is still ongoing. At the same time our teams experienced an increase from zero absenteeism due to CV19 at the end of the year to more than 60 people in less than 3 weeks. Heavy rain and CV19 impacted our teams through February. Management focus was able to maintain development rates and exploration efforts, but ore production did not return to targeted production rates until the end of the quarter. Current positioning should see Q2 return to targeted ounce production rates, with an opportunity to recoup some of Q1 ounce shortfalls during the remainder of the year. We still expect to produce within our guidance of 86,000 to 94,000 ounces although on the lower side. Despite the challenges faced by Turmalina during the quarter, the mine was able to develop at an average of well over 500 meters per month. This includes meters in the Project NW that are opening new mining areas and progressing toward the Faina resource. Pilar also experienced a difficult beginning to the quarter, but development progressed well including Project SW which is opening new mining areas higher in the mine. Exploration efforts continued with significant drilling in both mines and on the surface. Drilling to upgrade the Faina Resource to the Measured and Indicated level was initiated and more than 4,000 meters drilled. This core will also be used for continuing metallurgical tests. While this was a challenging quarter in respect to ounces produced, we are positioned to perform for the remaining quarters of the year while we continue to build a strong base to grow our company.”
Scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Jonathan Victor Hill, BSc (Hons) (Economic Geology - UCT), FAUSIMM, Vice President Geology and Exploration, who is also an employee of Jaguar Mining Inc., and is a "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").
The Iron Quadrangle
The Iron Quadrangle has been an area of mineral exploration dating back to the 16th century. The discovery in 1699–1701 of gold contaminated with iron and platinum-group metals in the southeastern corner of the Iron Quadrangle gave rise to the name of the town Ouro Preto (Black Gold). The Iron Quadrangle contains world-class multi-million-ounce gold deposits such as Morro Velho, Cuiabá, and São Bento. Jaguar holds the third largest gold land position in the Iron Quadrangle with over 50,000 hectares.
About Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jaguar Mining Inc. is a Canadian-listed junior gold mining, development, and exploration company operating in Brazil with three gold mining complexes and a large land package with significant upside exploration potential from mineral claims. The Company's principal operating assets are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais and include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex and Caeté Mining Complex (Pilar and Roça Grande Mines, and Caeté Plant). The Company also owns the Paciência Gold Mine Complex, which has been on care and maintenance since 2012. The Roça Grande Mine has been on temporary care and maintenance since April 2019. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com.
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